Passport India Visa Services- Different Types of Visas!
What is a Visa?
A visa is an official permit that a given country must offer to a passport holder from another country before the latter’s visit to the former’s country. The Department of State is in charge of issuing visas. For those who do not have their own passport, visas are temporary authorizations that allow them to go to a nation other than the one in which they are now residing.
The visa is normally stamped on the front of a passport, although it can also be issued as a separate document in some cases.
While both a visa and a passport are valid for travel, the primary distinction between the two documents is the presence of a visa endorsement in the passport that allows the holder to enter, depart, or remain in a country for a certain amount of time.
- Tourist, student, work, and transit visas are the most common categories of visas issued.
- Depending on where you are travelling, a visa may be good for a single visit or for a number of visits.
- In certain cases, a visa application must be submitted prior to entry into the nation, whilst in other cases, visas are granted upon entry into the country.
- Before applying for a visa, several nations ask that you attend an interview or undergo a medical examination.
Different Types of Visa Services offered by Passport India
1. Transit Visa
Foreign nationals transiting through India on their way to another country are granted transit visas, which are valid for up to 15 days and allow for up to two entries. It is necessary for the applicant to have a ticket for an onward flight to a destination outside of India.
2. Entry Visa
A Person of Indian Origin, a foreign spouse of an Indian citizen, and the spouse/children of foreigners who are in possession of any kind of visa other than a tourist or transit visa in India are all eligible to get an entrance visa.
3. Tourist Visa
Foreigners who do not have a permanent residency or occupation in India and who are solely visiting India for the purpose of recreation, sightseeing, or a casual visit to see friends and family, among other things, are granted a tourist visa to enter the country.
4. Employment Visa
Employment permits valid for one year are awarded to foreigners who are employed by a company, organisation, industry, or undertaking in India in a senior-level, skilled position such as that of technical expert, senior executive, or manager. It is important to provide proof of employment in the form of an employment contract.
5. Project Visa
An employment visa is a subset of the project visa and is provided to foreigners who are engaged in the steel and power sectors to carry out projects in these sectors.
6. Student Visa
Foreign students who wish to pursue regular and full-time academic studies in a recognised institution in India are awarded a student visa that is valid for up to five years or the duration of the programme (whichever is shorter). The applicant must provide documentation of enrolment in a recognized/respected educational institution as well as evidence of financial support in order to be considered.
An official letter of no objection from the Ministry of Health must be submitted in order to be considered for admission to a medical or paramedical course. In order to investigate admission options or to take entrance tests, a student visa valid for up to 6 months may be granted. A person is not limited in the number of courses of study that can be undertaken, or in the number of times that they can change courses, institutes, or both.
7. Journalist Visa
Those working in the field of information, such as travel writing, travel journalism, travel promotion/ photography, television production/advertising, and those who write about fashion, costumes, and sports, may be eligible for a journalist visa, which is valid for up to six months and can be obtained from missions or consulates in the United Kingdom.
Holders of journalist visas are advised to contact the External Publicity Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (M.E.A.) upon arrival in New Delhi, and in other locations, the Office of the Government of India’s Press Information Bureau, so that they can receive assistance in a variety of matters, including itinerary planning.
8. Business Visa
For foreign business persons who wish to establish an industrial or business venture in India, or who wish to investigate the feasibility of establishing an industrial or business venture in India, or who wish to buy or sell industrial or commercial products in India, Missions and Posts may grant business visas, which are valid for up to five years and can be renewed.
It is necessary to provide evidence of financial stability as well as experience in the subject of the desired business.
9. Research Visa
Depending on the research institution’s recognition/reputation and the applicant’s eligibility, Missions/Posts may award research visas valid for up to three years or the term of the research project, whichever occurs first. However, research visas are not granted to scholars from certain countries.
10. Universal Visa
The Universal Visa is a multifunctional, life-long visa that Indian Missions and Posts overseas, as well as the Ministry of Home Affairs, may award to foreign nationals who hold an Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card. A universal visa holder is able to study, do business, and work in India and is free from the need to register with the FRRO/Police authorities for the length of stay.
11. Medical/Medical Attendant Visa
Foreign nationals seeking medical treatment in reputed/recognized specialised hospitals/treatment centres in India may be granted a Medical Visa (MED) by Indian Missions/Posts abroad after satisfying themselves that the treatment will be provided.
The Medical Visa (MED) is valid for one year or the period of treatment, whichever is shorter, and is issued to foreign nationals seeking medical treatment in reputed/recognized specialised hospitals/treatment centres in India. The use of a visa for treatment under the Indian system of medicine is also permitted.